26 February 2013

Ethiopia: Embassy Working to Repatriate Ethiopian Victims of Trafficking

The Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya is working to repatriate Ethiopians detained in Kenya after they had been brought across the borders by illegal traffickers.

As part of this effort, Ethiopia's Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Shemsudin Robele, paid a visit last week to the Ruwira detention center. He heard victims of the traffickers explain the sufferings they received during their smuggled entry into Kenya, and their requests to be repatriated to their home country. They also pleaded with the government to work more aggressively in controlling illegal trafficking. The victims told the ambassador that most of them had been detained in Kenya while they were en route to South Africa.

They said they paid around 50,000 birr to the smugglers and all they had got was detention in Kenya after they had been apprehended by the Kenyan police force. Ambassador Shemsudin said the Embassy was now working in collaboration with other international organizations to arrange to send Ethiopians detained in Kenya for illegal entry back to Ethiopia

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